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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blue Ridge Communications will host its sixth annual Breakfast with Santa at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Dec. 7.

Two seatings are available: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $8 for children 12 and under and includes an all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet and a free gift. The cost for the adult breakfast is $10. Gratuity is not included. Children 2 and under are free with a paying adult.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Please bring your own camera.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Attorney Joseph Velitsky, seated in the front row, solicitor for the Summit Hill Water Authority, addresses Summit Hill Borough Council during a joint meeting Tuesday on the intended dissolution of the authority. Authority members are, from left, Chairman Lou Alexander, Ed Kruczek, Jim Yusella and Joseph O'Gurek. In the background is Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle.

Why would Summit Hill Borough Council abolish the borough's water authority?

"Why not," responded council member Bill Chapman.

A joint meeting of borough council and water authority members was held in the Summit Hill Borough Hall on Tuesday during which discussion was held regarding the borough council's intention to abolish the water authority and take over the water department.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in the county court after admitting to assaulting a then 5-year-old boy.

Daniel Sterling Stahler, 31, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 18 to 48 months in a state correctional institution.

Stahler was charged by Mahoning Township police following an incident on Aug. 28 at 130 Mauch Chunk St. Police responded to the residence to a report of a domestic incident. On scene officers were told that Stahler had assaulted the young boy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, announced the hours for his district offices for the week of Thanksgiving.

His full-time offices in Lehighton and Albrightsville will close on at 2 p.m. Nov. 26. They will remain closed on Thanksgiving and Nov. 28. The offices will reopen on Dec. 1.

In addition, Heffley's satellite office in Weatherly will also be closed on Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Look Good Feel Better is a special program for women who are receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis, receiving chemotherapy or radiation.

Participants receive information on skin care, makeup and dealing with hair loss. This is a free program and participants who attend will receive a makeup package valued at $200.

A Look Good Feel Better Session will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the third floor conference room at Blue Mountain Health System, Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic High School's Robert F. Kennedy Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 28 new members during a ceremony following the weekly liturgy in the schoolauditorium. Members were selected by the chapter's faculty council for meeting highstandards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Steven Behr, principal of Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2014-2015 school year.

This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn elementary schools.

To be eligible for high honors, students must earn straight A's. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four A's and two B's, while third-grade students must earn three A's and one B.

Straight A's

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Two Lehighton men admitted to drug charges Tuesday in Carbon County court in separate incidents.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas.

Meth materials

Timothy R. Tappan, 27, pleaded to one count of possession of materials used in the manufacture of controlled substances.

Tappan was arrested on July 16 in the area of 141 South St. by Lehighton police. Police stopped Tappan in the area and found materials used in the making of methamphetamine in a backpack he was wearing. In exchange for the plea, a charge of operating a methamphetamine lab was dropped.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One name was inadvertently missed in the Panther Valley High School Honor roll that was published recently in the Times News.

Delana Nalesnik was also named to the distinguished honor roll for the first marking period.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2014 is available on the website under "News, Stats and Facts."